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Best Mark Interco Mystery Shopping Scam

by Luke Landes
Best Mark Interco Mystery Shopping Scam Letter

Somehow, my name and address found its way on a list of potential suckers. Some company out there thought I would be gullible, falling for an obvious financial scam. A few days ago, I received a letter and check for almost $3,000 in the mail. I wasn’t expecting this delivery, so my suspicions were high […]

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Stop Facebook From Using Your Information for Advertising

by Luke Landes
Facebook

I generally don’t buy clothing that displays noticeable branding. I’m not completely immune from allowing my body to be used as a billboard, however. Although I don’t wear shirts emblazoned with “GAP” across the front, someone who checks me out from the back might see a Lee or Levi’s label. Some shirts might have a […]

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Back-to-School Saturday: You Know, For Kids

by Luke Landes
Aeropostale - Teen Shopping

November’s Black Friday has been has been around for decades, but it’s only recently that it became the crazed shopping event resulting in deaths due to shopper stampedes. Online retailers invented Cyber Monday to bring some of the hype associated with brick-and-mortar retail locations to the internet. Don’t get me wrong; both “holidays” provide opportunities […]

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Repair Cafe: Bring Your Broken Doodads and Gadgets

by Luke Landes
Broken Toaster

We live in an era of cheap, disposable goods. My closet full of clothing, much of it rarely worn, even though I sort through my wardrobe about once a year to eliminate items I no longer need, is a good indicator of this situation. For a good period when I was a kid, I wore […]

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Consumers Want Easier Online Payments

by Luke Landes
MasterCard credit card

Yes, it’s frustrating to need to reach for my wallet and type in my credit card number every time I want to complete a purchase online. According to a recent MasterCard and Harris Interactive survey, 58 percent of consumers agree with me. Consumers even abandon their online shopping carts when the check-out process requires too […]

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Sprint in $300 Million Tax Fraud Lawsuit

by Luke Landes

In order to offer better prices to customers, Sprint has allegedly under-collected and underpaid New York State sales taxes by $100 million. If the Attorney General’s allegations are true, Sprint could end up owing the state government as much as $300 million or more due to underpayment penalties. Sprint is denying the charges, claiming they’ve […]

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Save Money at the Gas Pump

by Luke Landes
Gas Pump Fuel | crowt59

If you’ve stopped at a gas station lately, you might have been shocked to see the price on the big signs. Even if your gas station charges a different amount for credit card users than for cash customers, sometimes called a “cash discount” even though it’s the cash price that’s competitive with other stations, the […]

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Will You Buy the iPad 3?

by Luke Landes
iPad

All signs are pointing to Apple releasing the latest iteration of its popular tablet this coming week. I gave in last year and purchased the original iPad, and I made this decision just days before the iPad 2 was announced. Now, tech geeks are expecting the iPad 3 to hit to streets this week. The […]

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Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights

by Luke Landes
Facebook

Last week, the White House released a Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights. This isn’t a law or regulation, but a set of guidelines that could possibly underscore future actions by Congress and enforcement by the Federal Trade Commission. Private, personal information should be private and personal, but when consumers enroll for any type of service, […]

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Customers Say Retailers Are Not Living Up to Durbin Amendment Promise

by Luke Landes
Cashier checkout at Walmart

Retailers, represented by the National Retail Foundation, promised that consumers would benefit when retailers, particularly small businesses, were to benefit from regulated interchange (swipe) fees charged by Visa and MasterCard. The regulation, commonly called the “Durbin Amendment to the Dodd-Frank Act,” would lower the cost for businesses who were subject to an effective duopoly between […]

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